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SURVEY

Credit Suisse survey: Hedge funds now top choice among investors, as appetite soars in 2020

Credit Suisse survey: Hedge funds now top choice among investors, as appetite soars in 2020

Hedge funds have emerged as the top pick among asset allocators heading into the second half of 2020, outflanking other products such as private equity and real estate as investors’ asset-class-of-choice, according to new data from Credit Suisse, which showed hedge funds have met or exceeded the expectations of some two-thirds of investors so far in 2020.

NEWS

Wirecard short-sellers showed “bravery and belief”, as hedge funds vindicated by scandal-hit firm’s demise, says AIMA CEO Inglis

Wirecard short-sellers showed “bravery and belief”, as hedge funds vindicated by scandal-hit firm’s demise, says AIMA CEO Inglis

Hedge funds that bet against Wirecard, the German e-payments firm which last week collapsed amid an apparent widespread EUR1.9 billion fraud, showed “bravery and belief” and their actions have ultimately been vindicated, according to Jack Inglis, CEO of the Alternative Investment Management Association.

NEWS

Intu short bets set to pay off for hedge funds as debt-laden retail operator calls in administrators

Intu short bets set to pay off for hedge funds as debt-laden retail operator calls in administrators

A number of hedge fund short-sellers look set to gain from troubled shopping centre operator Intu Properties’ fall from grace, with shares in the London-based real estate investment trust sliding again on Friday (26 June) following news that the debt-laden firm is due to enter administration.

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Short-sellers increase bets against Wirecard as hedge funds eye bigger pay-off from crisis-hit company’s demise

Short-sellers increase bets against Wirecard as hedge funds eye bigger pay-off from crisis-hit company’s demise

Hedge funds are holding off from closing their short positions in crisis-hit e-payments firm Wirecard AG - with some even increasing their bets – in expectation that its share price will tumble yet again, boosting short sellers’ returns even further.

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

Shift to private capital continues as investors thirst for returns

Shift to private capital continues as investors thirst for returns

As global investment markets became more efficient and persistent low interest rates saw returns dry up, institutional investors have been turning to alternative assets in their efforts to generate performance. Since traditional hedge fund investments have often not fully lived up to their promises in the past decade, managers in the space are looking to offer access to other alternative assets, such as private capital, in their attempts to fulfil investors’ needs.

MANAGER INSIGHTS

“A waiting game”: Why veteran volatility hedge fund 36 South embraces uncertainty

“A waiting game”: Why veteran volatility hedge fund 36 South embraces uncertainty

The current market uncertainty and value discrepancy offers the biggest opportunity in volatility-based trading in a generation, according to Jerry Haworth (pictured), the chief investment officer of London-based 36 South Capital Advisors, who is preparing a new fund to capitalise on further volatility shocks up ahead.